Toy: Cuddle Feeder
Submitted by: Conure FeatherDragon
Author’s Note: A feeder in which the keet can hide in and feed safely while watching things go on. To prevent breeding problems I throw seed in there and only use it as a toy for temporary sessions. There’s three ways to make it.
What You’ll Need:
- A clear plastic 2 litre pop bottle or similarly sized bottle, washed and dried (bottles with handles may be easier to work with)
- Several plastic ties – keep lots handy as you never know how many you’ll need!
- A plastic chain or cord to hang the bottle. I use 2 new shoe laces. You can also use several plastic ties to form a chain then cut the long thingies off to make it keet safe.
- A plastic shower ring that is safe enough to handle budgie play or other bird toy hanging contraption. If there is nothing, use the ties and make a chain or even better, find quick links!
- Scissors or a craft knife
- Sandpaper or nail file
- Twist tie to use as a ‘needle’
For Version 3 (see below):
- Does not require the items above
- A dremmel or power drill with a bit big enough that you can slide a shoelace through a hole it would make
- A 4 inch plastic pipe connector joint
- Step 1: Cutting the top and bottom off the pop bottle. Remember to remove the plastic wrap!
- Step 2: Lay the pop bottle on its side and gently sand the cut edges with sandpaper or an ultra fine file such as a nail file or crafter’s file.
- Step 3: Poke 2 holes on what will be the top of the toy. Poke the holes so the toy will hang horizontally.
- Step 4: Tie a knot at one end of the shoe lace and poke the loose end through the hole. Make sure the knot can’t be pulled through! Do the same to the other side. If you have a handle on your bottle, poke the 2 holes through the handle. Using a twist tie will help thread the shoelace through the holes.
- Step 5: Tie the opposite ends of the shoe laces into loops so that the toy can be hung from the cage.
- Step 6: To install the toy, either use the plastic shower curtains or quick links. Ties can be used, but its not fun to always reach in and cut the things down!
- Step 1: Do not cut the top and bottom of the bottle. Instead cut a large hole into the side so the bird can crawl inside. If you do this, make sure you use a clear bottle so the critter isn’t set into breeding mode while out at play!
Continue with Steps 2-6 above.
Version 3 (for those who have power tools):
- Step 1: Drill 2 holes in the pipe so that it can hang horizontally.
- Step 2: Sand the holes if desired.
Continue with Steps 5-6 above.
This project is really easy if all you can do is use a drill. If you have the mechanical ability of a knat, you can always use a hand drill if you can find them. I found mine at a Dollar store. They’re also found in printer ink recyclable/refiller boxes.